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“For a parador - not good enough” 3 of 5 stars
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Parador de Vilalba
4.0 of 5 Castle   |   C/ Valeriano Valdesuso, s/n, 27800 Vilalba, Spain   |  
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“For a parador - not good enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2008

We have been a bit dissapointed about this parador.
While vistiting the North of Spain we slept in 6 paradores and this one was the worst.

A lot depends on the surrounding area which isn't very nice. The town is quiet ugly und the landscape is a bit boring. When you look out of the windows the first impression was a pitiable sight of a neighbor house left by the inhabitants with broken windows.

Rooms were nice and clean and at good parador-standard, also no complaints about the very nice and helpful reception.

But Service at dinnertime was dissapointing. We had to ask for a wine cooler for our high budget white wine for two times. Then they brought as a wrong plate and my husband had to wait for 20 min for the ordered one...for a excuse we waited in vain.

  • Liked — reception, tidiness
  • Disliked — service in restaurant, area
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2007

This is a less than average Parador in a well below average location.

Vilalba is a drab commercial town which has been bypassed by the main road and, seemingly, by progress. The Parador is in the centre of the town and is hemmed in by buildings, many of which are shabby. The friendly staff do their best but they cannot make up for the hotel's deficiencies.

The character rooms are in the restored mill, but we didn't see those. Instead we were in the main block with most of the other guests. The room was OK but walls and doors were thin, so noise carried into the room until late at night.

We didn't eat dinner here, but breakfast was OK.

There is no free parking at the Parador, so you have the choice of parking in the streets (if you can find a space) or paying approx 11 Euros to park in the hotel's underground car park. We felt it better to pay and be content that our car was secure for the night.

If you do stay here it would be advisable to reserve a car park space when you book, as the garage was not huge.

I cannot think of a thing to recommend this hotel. If you are staying in the Paradors then you would be much better off in Ribadeo or (for real luxury) in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — Drab location, noisy room.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2006

Hotel is situated in a quite town which is of no paticular interest. The hotel is centrally situated and is clean and attractive. However, meals are a disaster. Breakfast food is very limited and the service for coffee is an eternity. Staff seem to be stretched to the point where they can no longer cope. The evening meal suffered the same service but worse was the food itself. The menu seemed reasonable but the courses, when they arrived, were unbelievable. My chioce was a casserole, which consisted of cubed potato in a watery liquid with one small cube of meat. The other courses were small and of very poor quality. Considering the cost in what most people would consider a premier hotel, I felt 'riped off'.

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  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2006

There no particular reason to vist Vilalba which apart from a small pedestrianised old town is an unnappealing industrial town devoted to agribusiness. However if you do need to spend the night and have no taste for the seedier end of the Spanish hotel trade you'll be in the Parador. Or if like me you collect Paradors and need to cross this one off the list.

This one has a fifteen century tower which until recently was all there was of the hotel until the recent addition of a large accomodation block, which now also contains the public areas.

It's all done, of course, in the usual Parador style and with the highest standards of appointment. If you can try and get one of the rooms in the tower.

The food is not the best Paradors can manage, but it'll be by far the best you're going to find in Vilalba.

Anyway, well worth a stop if you're passing this way.

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Additional Information about Parador de Vilalba

Address: C/ Valeriano Valdesuso, s/n, 27800 Vilalba, Spain
Location: Spain > Galicia > Lugo Province > Vilalba
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Vilalba
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Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Vilalba 4*
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